vows unitary Lanka
Presidential candidate Premier Mahinda Rajapakse at an election
rally in Mirigama in Gampaha yesterday vowed to fulfil his responsibility
of establishing an undivided Sri Lanka under his Presidency and
said he would allocate the fruits of development to everybody without
limiting them to a section.
Mr. Rajapakse said he was ready to provide safety, prosperity and
a good future to all Sri Lankans if they handed over the country
to him on November 18.
said his Government would present the budget on November 8 and was
also planning to provide foreign employment to the youth in Europe,
the Middle East, Korea and Malaysia.
Prime Minister stated that factories would be set up in each Divisional
Secretariats for greater development under his Presidency. He said
he would give a better life to all including farmers and labourers.
that he was confident of obtaining the highest votes from the Gampaha
District. JVP MP Vijitha Herath told the crowd that UNP candidate
Ranil Wickremesinghe was creating a rosy picture for people about
the culture and agricultural revival if he became President without
knowing what he says.
backs PM, leaves early
UPFA Prime Ministerial candidate Foreign Minister Anura Bandaranaike,
at yesterday’s election rally in Mirigama appealed for public
support to make Mahinda Rajapakse the next President, despite his
conditions to back him.
“Whatever the party differences at this juncture, we have
to back Mr. Rajapakse in his bid”, Minister Bandaranaike stated.
said though he had policy differences with political parties which
came together with Mahinda, he would respect them.
claimed that he, together with President Kumaratunga, asked the
European Union (EU) to penalise the LTTE for assassinating former
Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar and that the EU responded by
imposing the travel ban. He said that he welcomed the decision.
Mr. Bandaranaike left the rally before Mr. Rajapakse’s arrival.
JVP MPs Vijitha Herath and Lal Kantha also addressed the crowd.